Thursday, February 26, 2009

Barney Fwank Says Republicans Cringing in Fear of Hannity and Rush
Barney Frank: Republicans Didn’t Applaud Obama for Fear of Limbaugh and Hannity

( - Mindless Republicans are heeding the iron discipline of conservative talk radio hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told reporters after President Barack Obama’s address to the nation on Tuesday.

“I don’t think we found any Republican minds today,” Frank told a reporter minutes after the president had finished his speech. “[T]hey shut their minds down. That they are so afraid of being yelled at by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity that they won’t even clap for him [Obama] when they agree with him.” (Listen to audio of Rep. Frank's remarks by clicking on the photo above.)

Maybe they just thought Jack in the Box Pelosi had jumped up and applauded enough for everyone there. Did anyone count how many times she popped up? JC

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Houston Home Ownership Idea Draws Ire Across the US

by Janet Crain
The Houston mayor wanting to use taxpayers money to pay off private citizens' credit cards so they could qualify to buy a house is insane!

Owning a house is a privilege. Earned by saving and doing without. Why should those who did the right thing have to pay off people's credit cards who bought extravagant items and services?

Because easy credit was available and so tempting these people just couldn't help themselves? Cry me a river.

White backs off 'credit enhancement' with tax dollars

Houston plan 'hit a nerve across this country,' councilwoman says

Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle

Feb. 24, 2009, 11:21PM

Mayor Bill White yanked a controversial plan Tuesday that called for the city to use taxpayer funds to pay off some personal debts for first-time home buyers, following a flood of outrage and criticism from across the city and beyond.

“I don’t think we ought to be in the business of paying off someone’s debt so they can buy a house,” White conceded during an impassioned City Council meeting. “Paying off people’s credit cards is ridiculous.”

Many council members expressed “embarrassment” over the idea, which received national media attention after the Chronicle wrote about it in Tuesday’s editions. The story appeared to strike a nerve among taxpayers already angry over the recession, the housing meltdown, and federal bailouts of banks and automobile companies.

“Everybody’s outraged about this,” said Councilman Ron Greene, adding that a constituent e-mailed him a copy of a bill and asked him to pay it. “This was not well reasoned.”

The “Credit Score Enhancement Program” would have given up to $3,000 in grants to individuals who are trying to qualify for mortgages through the city’s homebuyers assistance program. City officials had said some applicants fall short of eligibility by only 10 or 20 points on their credit scores, and paying off some debt balances can quickly improve their numbers.

Councilwoman Pam Holm waved a thick stack of e-mails from angry residents.

“I do not understand how we can ever justify spending taxpayer dollars to pay somebody’s credit card,” she said. “I don’t understand how it can be even considered to come up. I am truly embarrassed. I think it shows poor leadership.”

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"The One" Finding Out How Fickle the American Public is: PRICELESS!!!

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Has Michelle Obama Been Stiffing The IRS Too?

Michelle Obama Accepting Fashion Freebies

For years, the press excoriated Nancy Reagan for borrowing clothes and jewelry from designers. Yet Michelle Obama has been doing the same thing — without any outcry from the media.

Accountants say that the first lady’s practice of borrowing both clothes and jewelry raises major tax and disclosure issues, not to mention ethical questions.

“The transactions are clearly taxable,” says Richard Rampell, a Palm Beach, Fla., accountant whose clients include several of the island’s billionaires. “The designers are indirectly paying Michelle Obama to go and display their wares. And they get a huge economic value for it, just as if they were paying a model to do this. If they are paying her in this indirect way by lending her their clothes, then she is actually performing a service for the designer, and she should have to recognize as income whatever the value is of the clothes that she got.”

Aside from the tax implications, Obama is obligated to report the value of the clothes she has received free of charge on government forms mandated by the Ethics in Government Act.

The items Obama has either borrowed or received free have included a $17,313 pair of Loree Rodkin diamond earrings and clothes and gowns worth $1,000 to $6,000. In some cases, Michelle Obama’s representatives have said she will donate the items to the Smithsonian.

That makes no difference, Rampell says.

“If somebody gives her a dress and it’s worth $6,000, and she’s not expected to return it, then she has $6,000 worth of income, or she’s received a $6,000 gift,” he says. “I’m sure that the company is deducting the cost of that dress — the cost of manufacturing, the design, the materials and all that other stuff. And then when she gives it away to the charity, then she gets a charitable contribution for it.”

While some articles in the press have reported that the clothes or jewelry were given to her free of charge or lent to her, none has criticized Obama or compared her practices with Nancy Reagan’s. Instead, the articles have swooned over her fashion sense.

“All Hail the Leader of the Fashionable World” was the headline on a Jan. 21 Washington Post story. In the 14th paragraph the story mentioned that the diamond earrings had been lent to Obama. The story quoted Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the first lady’s press secretary, as saying she paid for her inauguration clothes. But a subsequent Feb. 12 New York Times story quoted the designers themselves as saying they did not charge the Obamas.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Obama Really is an Empty Suit

by Janet Crain

The following analysis explains so much about Barack Obama. It explains his detached aloof behavior which troubles many. There is a disconnect, an indifference, a disassociation which to me resembles Aspenberger's Syndrome (a high functioning form of autism). These people can be highly intelligent. They may hold down a demanding job. They may be able to fake a caring attitude, but at the end of the day, they care only for themselves. One hopes they never marry or have children.

Obama is obsessed with having the adoration of others. He is deeply hurt by Hannity and Limbaugh's rejection. He dwells on this. Have you counted the times he has mentioned Sean Hannity's name?

We never learn, we keep electing these needy fatherless men who are so deeply flawed they need help. But we don't need them as POTUS.

Obama is playing a part and most of the time he is flawless. But he isn't there. And that is the scariest thing about him!!!


Samuel Vaknin, Ph.D. Dr. Vaknin has written extensively about narcissism.

Dr. Vaknin states " I must confess I was impressed by Sen.Barack Obama from the first time I saw him. At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked youthful, spoke well, appeared to be confident - a wholesome presidential package. I was put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because there was an air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling. His posture and his body language were louder than his empty words.

Obama's speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history. Never a politician in this land had such quasi "religious" impact on so many people. The fact that Obama is a total incognito with zero accomplishment, makes this inexplicable infatuation alarming.

Obama is not an ordinary man. He is not a genius. In fact he is quite ignorant on most important subjects. Barack Obama is a narcissist.
Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the Malignant Self Love believes "Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist."

Vaknin is a world authority on narcissism. He understands narcissism and describes the inner mind of a narcissist like no other person. When he talks about narcissism everyone listens.

Vaknin says that Obama's language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his closest, dearest and nearest suggest that the Senator is either a narcissist or he may have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves. Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of People's Temple, the man who led over 900 of his followers to cheerfully commit mass suicide and even murder their own children was also a narcissist. David Koresh, Charles Manson, Joseph Koni, Shoko Asahara, Stalin, Saddam, Mao,Kim Jong Ill and Adolph Hitler are a few examples of narcissists of our time. All these men had a tremendous influence over their fanciers. They created a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing speeches elevated their admirers, filled their hearts with enthusiasm and instilled in their minds a new zest for life. They gave them hope! They promised them the moon, but alas, invariably they brought them to their doom.

When you are a victim of a cult of personality, you don't know it until it is too late. One determining factor in the development of NPD is childhood abuse. "Obama's early life was decidedly chaotic and replete with traumatic and mentally bruising dislocations," says Vaknin. "Mixed-race marriages were even less common then. His parents went through a divorce when he was an infant (two years old). Obama saw his father only once again, before he died in a car accident. Then his mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to Indonesia, a foreign land with a radically foreign culture, to be raised by a step-father. At the age of ten, he was whisked off to live with his maternal (white)grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years and then she vanished from his life in 1979. She died of cancer in 1995".

One must never underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological narcissists. They project such an imposing personality that it overwhelms those around them. Charmed by the charisma of the narcissist, people become like clay in his hands. They cheerfully do his bidding and delight to be at his service. The narcissist shapes the world around himself and reduces others in his own inverted image. He creates a cult of personality. His admirers become his co-dependents.

Narcissists have no interest in things that do not help them to reach their personal objective. They are focused on one thing alone and that is power. All other issues are meaningless to them and they do not want to waste their precious time on trivialities.. Anything that does not help them is beneath them and do not deserve their attention.

If an issue raised in the Senate does not help Obama in one way or another, he has no interest in it. The "present" vote is a safe vote. No one can criticize him if things go wrong. Those issues are unworthy by their very nature because they are not about him.

Obama's election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review led to a contract and advance to write a book about race relations. The University of Chicago Law School provided him a lot longer than expected and at the end it evolved into, guess what? His own autobiography! Instead of writing a scholarly paper focusing on race relations, for which he had been paid, Obama could not resist writing about his most sublime self. He entitled the book Dreams from My Father. Not surprisingly, Adolph Hitler also wrote his own autobiography when he was still nobody. So did Stalin. For a narcissist no subject is as important as his own self. Why would he waste his precious time and genius writing about insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as himself?

Narcissists are often callous and even ruthless. As the norm, they lack conscience. This is evident from Obama's lack of interest in his own brother who lives on only one dollar per month. A man who lives in luxury, who takes a private jet to vacation in Hawaii, and who has raised nearly half a billion dollars for his campaign (something unprecedented in history) has no interest in the plight of his own brother. Why? Because, his brother cannot be used for his ascent to power. A narcissist cares for no one but himself. This election is like no other in the history of America. The issues are insignificant compared to what is at stake.

What can be more dangerous than having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot distinguish his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world?

I hate to sound alarmist, but one is a fool if one is not alarmed.
Many politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others...They are simply self serving and selfish. Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined. This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw.

Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them treacherous.

Today the Democrats have placed all their hopes in Obama. But this man could put an end to their party. The great majority of blacks have also decided to vote for Obama. Only a fool does not know that their support for him is racially driven. This is racism, pure and simple. The downside of this is that if Obama turns out to be the disaster I predict, he will cause widespread resentment among the whites. The blacks are unlikely to give up their support of their man. Cultic mentality is pernicious and unrelenting. They will dig their heads deeper in the sand and blame Obama's detractors of racism. This will cause a backlash among the whites.

The white supremacists will take advantage of the discontent and they will receive widespread support. I predict that in less than four years, racial tensions will increase to levels never seen since the turbulent 1960's. Obama will set the clock back decades...America is the bastion of freedom.

The peace of the world depends on the strength of America, and its weakness translates into the triumph of terrorism and victory of rogue nations. It is no wonder that Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, the Castrists, the Hezbollah, the Hamas, the lawyers of the Guantanamo terrorists and virtually all sworn enemies of America are so thrilled by the prospect of their man in the White House.

America is on the verge of destruction. "There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological narcissist as president."

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Let's Hear it For Louisiana's Governor Jindal!!! He reads the fine print!!!

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Let Any of These Three Take Care of My Kid? You Gotta be Kidding!!!

I don't know who thought this up. Three of these women I wouldn't leave a cat with (remember Socks?) but please go here and vote for Sarah Palin. She was really far in the lead until the lefties saw this and nearly freaked and started going there voting for MO.

Here is the question:

If you had a choice of four daycare centers run separately by Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Pelosi, which would you choose for your kids?

First lady Michelle Obama

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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Unprecedented Attack on Free Speech

Hat Tip: Can I Just Finish My Waffle?

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Who Wants to Pay Off Your Neighbor's Mortgage? Raise Your Hand!!!

"The government is promoting bad behavior," Santelli said of President Obama's $75 billion initiative to refinance mortgages."I have an idea," he said on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange floor."How about this, new President and new administration, why don't you put up a Web site to have people vote on the Internet ... to see if we really want to subsidize the losers' mortgages."Or would we like to at least buy cars and buy houses in foreclosure and give them to people who might have a chance to actually prosper down the road... reward people who could carry the water instead of drink the water."Santelli then turned to the traders."How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor's mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills?" he asked as boos filled the air."President Obama," Santelli continued. "Are you listening?""We're thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July," Santelli said.Santelli told the Daily News only a handful of the 700 e-mails he got were negative.About the tea party: "I was half-serious, but given the response, I think something is going to have to be done in a very serious way."

Hat Tip: Chickaboomer

NYT editorial blames Bush but fails to mention how Bill Clinton started this mess in the mid-90s by relaxing loan criteria. Let's also finger former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan...

"The anti-foreclosure plan announced by President Obama on Wednesday is a decisive break from the Bush administration’s disastrous protect-the-banks-but-not-the-homeowners policy. The president has promised that it will help as many as nine million American families refinance their mortgages or avoid foreclosure. That’s a good start, but given the dire state of the economy, we fear it still may not be enough. For two years, while house prices cratered and mortgage defaults soared, the Bush administration stubbornly refused to compel the mortgage industry to clean up the bad loans that had been made so recklessly; it even refused to give banks any incentives to do so. Some two million families lost their homes to foreclosure."

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!!! In Galveston!!!

by Janet Crain
Galveston is ready for Marti Gras visitors. I am shamelessly promoting my favorite island.

After the devastrating hurricane, Ike, in mid September, many thought this time the island was done for. But NO!

These "can do" people have acomplished miracles and if you are in driving distance, please drop in for a very good time. This is the last weekend.

Let the Good Times Roll!!! Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!!!

Ninety-eight years and going strong in spite of Hurricane Ike, Mardi Gras! Galveston continues the revelry born on the island in 1867. An annual event hosted by the City of Galveston and coordinated by the Park Board of Trustees and Bettah’ Beach Productions, this free family-friendly celebration offers a diverse entertainment schedule designed to feature the best of the Island February 13-24, 2009.

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Do Any of These People Pay Their Bills?

February 20, 2009

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter/
Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park -- despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.

"The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us,'' Peter Scales, a spokesman for the city's Office of Budget and Management, said Thursday after questions from the Chicago Sun-Times. "We're reaching out to them this week."

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The Democratic National Committee has not paid Chicago for the cost of Barack Obama's election night rally in Grant Park. (John J. Kim/Sun-Times)


The bill for Barack Obama's election night rally at Grant Park Police $1 million Emergency Management and Communications Office $121,578
Fire Department $85,965
Streets and Sanitation $71,694
Transportation $49,659
Cultural Affairs $2,567
Environment $2,309
CTA $201,500
Chicago Park District $202,440
(Park District breakdown): Giant video boards $68,900
Electrical $37,185
Sound $37,500
Stagehands $29,850
Portable toilets $12,500
Security $7,505
Stage rental $6,000
Bike racks, barricades $2,000
Heavy equipment $1,000
Total bill $1,737,712

Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, "We are still looking at various costs and bills.'' She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.
The city spent $1 million on police protection for the rally. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications racked up more than $120,000 in expenses, including $19,500 paid to police official Neil Sullivan to quarterback election night logistics.

In late October, Mayor Daley assured that the cash-flush Obama campaign would reimburse the city for every penny spent on the rally. "We have a financial crisis," he said at the time. "The City of Chicago could not afford $2 million on this because we're gonna be laying off people, cutting back. That [cost] would really be unfortunate. . . . It's a huge cost to the City of Chicago.,CST-NWS-rally20.article

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Look Who's Talking NOW!!!

by Janet Crain
Attorney General Eric Holder remarked that Americans are "cowards" about discussing race. But yesterday's cartoon in the New Yorker seems to have made a mockery of those words. Americans are discussing little else today.

This was an unfortunate and tasteless incident, however there have been countless insulting cartoon published of President Bush, Condi Rice and even 17 year old Bristol Palin. And no one spoke up. JC

The 'New York Post' has been accused of racism after it published a cartoon apparently comparing US President Barack Obama to a dead chimp.
And now newspapers, magazines and news website across the globe have condemned the publication.

A dead chimpanzee which attacked a woman in Connecticut on Tuesday was featured in the caricature, along with the policemen who shot it - one of whom is saying: “They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton had slammed the cartoon, calling it a racist attack on the black President. Sharpton interpreted the image to be comparing Obama to a monkey - an historical racist term for African Americans.
Col Allan, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, denied the charge in a written statement, claiming the cartoon "broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist."

Cartoonist Sean Delonas told CNN that the racism allegations were “absolutely frigging ridiculous”.

"It's about the economic stimulus bill," he said. "If you're going to make that about anybody, it would be [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, which it's not."

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- America is "a nation of cowards" when discussing race. That sentiment from the country's first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, has stirred up pundits, bloggers and readers.

Attorney General Eric Holder helps celebrate Black History Month at an event Wednesday at the Justice Department.

"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we -- I believe continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards," Holder told Department of Justice employees at an event Wednesday celebrating Black History Month.
He said that Americans are afraid to talk about race, adding that "certain subjects are off-limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one's character."

And that impression of race in America has set off a firestorm of criticism.
"Holder doesn't want an honest dialogue about race. In the Age of [President] Obama, 'talking enough with each other about race' means the rest of us shutting up while being subjected to lectures about our insensitivity and insufficient integration on the weekends," conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Only a Dem Could Love This Animal

First Couple Brown Baggin' It

Hat Tip: Oddly Enough

Blog Guy, I saw a picture of the President and Michelle Obama out on the town on Valentine’s Day, and she was carrying a brown paper bag. What would the first lady be doing with a bag?

This is very sensitive, so don’t tell anybody else, but you know the so-called “Nuclear Football” the President always has with him in case he gets mad and wants to nuke some country?

Sure. Everybody has heard of that.

Well, they carry that around in a brown paper bag, and sometimes he lets Michelle hold it so his hands are free to wave and smoke and stuff.

Wow! I had no idea!

Exactly. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Sometimes the President lets his daughters carry it around, too, because it’s a pretty neat gizmo.

The girls? I have to say that makes me nervous.

Don’t worry. The girls have been warned not to press that shiny red button.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart “Table 52″ restaurant after enjoying a Valentine’s Day dinner together in Chicago, February 14, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Monday, February 16, 2009

Baby Tripp Pictures and Bristol Interview!!!

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A quote from the late Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers

A quote from the late Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers , 1931 to 2005 ~~~

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

What's Going on with Hentietta Hughes?

At the very least it appears that Henrietta's son still owns a lot free and clear which is valued at some $47,000. JC

UPDATE: Henrietta Hughes says she's not milking the system

By Nick Spinetto, WINK News

Story Created: Feb 12, 2009 at 5:10 PM EST
Story Updated: Feb 14, 2009 at 5:56 PM EST SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - A woman making national headlines after a tearful moment with President Obama has a new home.

Thursday morning, Chene Thompson handed Henrietta Hughes the keys to her home in Hendry County. Thompson is the wife of State Representative Nick Thompson (R-District 73). Hughes and her son will live at the home rent free.

At President Obama's town hall meeting in Fort Myers on Tuesday, Henrietta Hughes stood up and told the President she has been homeless since 2003 and can't find a job.

She also says she's reach a dead end with government assistance and none of the local charity agencies will help.

However, a local organization is coming forward saying Hughes isn't being honest about how much help she's had in the past.

The director of We Care Outreach Ministry, Tanya Johnson, says just last month she offered Henrietta Hughes permanent housing and a place to stay free for three months, but Hughes refused.

"We would have allowed her to stay for the first 90 days, no income. You know free," said Tanya Johnson.

We Care Outreach Ministry is a faith based organization in Fort Myers.

Johnson says she also gave Henrietta and her son Corey, money, food and offered Corey job training courses, but it was refused.

By Nick Spinetto, WINK News

Who Is Henrietta Hughes: Obama's Human Stage Prop

H/T Sweetness & Light

The Property Records Of Henrietta Hughes
According to Lee County, Florida property records:

6/18/01 Property (Lot 19, Block 35, Unit 9, Sec. 20, Twnshp 44S, Range 27, Lehigh Acres Subdivision) purchased by Henrietta and Corey Hughes

10/10/03 - $124,400.00 lien release due to payment in full to Henrietta and Corey Hughes.

8/9/06 - Quit claim deed signed by Henrietta Hughes granting full ownership to Corey Hughes.

No transactions since for either Henrietta Hughes or Corey Hughes which means that Corey Hughes still owns the property. Taxes current (paid) on 1/1/09.

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Quarter Million Dollar Valentine's Day Trip

How much did you spend on your Valentine Celebration? Our new president spent $246,908 of taxpayer money just in travel cost. I doubt and sincerely hope no one else in the world felt it necessary to spend that much or even more. But maybe some Saudi Arabian prince did.

Just imagine the President spent almost one quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer money on one weekend trip. That is many times more than most people make anually. And more than the average house costs.

It really seems hypocritical of him to ask Americans to practice fiscal restraint in these tough times and then jet off for the weekend.

Hat Tip: Sweetness and Light

According to the first distance calculator above, it is 598 miles (962 km) (519 nautical miles) from Washington, DC to Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Obama’s two trips back and forth from DC to Chicago add up to 2392 miles – as the crow flies.

Which, if our calculations are correct, amounts to at least 3.8 hours flying time for Air Force One. And 4.6 hours of flying time for the accompanying cargo plane.

(For the sake of simplicity, we will assume that both planes were going at their full speed, which they probably were not. And we will not count the time in service on the ground before and after each flight.)

Using these very conservative figures, Air Force One cost $214,768 and the cargo plane cost $32,140. For a grand total of $246,908 for Mr. Obama’s three round trips.

The math calculations are here and based on 2006 fuel costs.

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What Happened to Obama's 5 Day Rule?

And, when there’s a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you the public will have five days to look on-line and find out what’s in it before I sign it so that you know what your government’s doing.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Well, surprise, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!! Breaking News:

The Senate has passed Barack Obama's $787.2 billion recovery plan on a 60-38 vote. Three Republicans voted for the bill: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

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Well, surprise, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Is It Time to Dump "Drill, Baby, Drill"?

Republicans are desperately searching for a new catch phrase since the best one of all time has become associated with McCain's losing candidacy.

Take our poll upper right and vote for your choice. Or leave a comment suggesting something you like better. JC

Republicans are searching for a new catchphrase to define this year’s offshore drilling debate after concluding the memorable “drill, baby, drill” line of the last presidential campaign has lost potency — or even worse, become a political liability.

Time is of the essence. Already, some Republicans are fretting that they haven’t upgraded the message in time for the fast-approaching energy debate. “This year, everyone’s thinking maybe they’ll actually come up with grown-up things to say,” said Republican energy lobbyist Michael McKenna, president of MWR Strategies. “‘Drill, baby, drill’ impeded the conversation. We energy guys hated it.”

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican who has been at the forefront of environmental issues, called the catchphrase “fun and catchy, but devoid of reality.” And at the recent House GOP congressional retreat, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty begged his fellow Republicans to sharpen their energy message to help win back voters. “‘Drill, baby, drill’ is a great slogan, but it’s not enough,” he said. “We need to identify with emerging issues and get ahead of them.”

All eyes are now turning to new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who coined the phrase, and some lawmakers hope he might crank out another infectious slogan. Steele’s “drill, baby, drill” went viral after he bellowed it onstage at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., last September when gas prices spiraled above $4 a gallon. Soon after, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin began using it so much that many thought she had actually coined the phrase.

“So do you want to put your country first?” Steele asked in his convention speech. “Then let’s reduce our dependency on foreign sources of oil and promote oil and gas production at home. “In other words: Drill, baby, drill! And drill now!” said Steele, who used to sport a red lapel pin bearing the slogan.

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Saving the World with 935 Gazillion Gabillion Dollars

Nanny Government Will Hold Every American’s Personal Medical Records

Final Stimulus Bill Creates Government Database that Will Hold Every American’s Personal Medical Records

Thursday, February 12, 2009By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

The final version of the stimulus bill, negotiated by the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, includes a provision creating a federal database that will hold the personal medical records of every American, Katie Grant, spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told Thursday.
The full language of the final package had not been released as of press time. But the bills that passed both the House and Senate created an “Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology” and called for the coordinator to create a national database and a plan for “the utilization of an electronic health record (EHR) for each person in the United States by 2014.”
Asked if the provision for the “utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014” was in the final bill agreed to by the House-Senate conference committee, Grant said, “It is.” She later said “correct” when asked a second time if this language was in the final bill.